Anantara Veli Resort & Spa Maldives

Location Distance from Airport Transfer Type No. of Rooms
South Male' Atoll 19.3km. from Malé International Airport 35 min. from Airport by speedboat 160 Rooms

Experience an island paradise of chic simplicity in a charming tropical setting replete with soft white sand and azure waters at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa. Relax with a loved one in our over water bungalows as a spectacular selection of sea life swims beneath you. Dive into an array of water sports in the tranquil surrounds of our island resort's crystal clear lagoon. Unwind at the Anantara Garden Spa with a range of treatments to soothe body and mind.

The Maldives island resort of Anantara Veli is perfectly suited to young couples looking for peace and quiet where serendipity beckons with the tropical simplicity of the design, intimate room types with direct lagoon access and variety of resort facilities. Unwind on a sun deck overlooking the palm fringed island and pristine coral reefs in the South Malé Atoll, just 35 minutes from Malé International Airport.

The perfect romantic getaway is provided for couples, whether on a honeymoon or another special occasion with a host of dining options of various world cuisines, five star Maldives resort facilities such as an infinity edge pool and fitness centre, as well as a multitude of water sports, from diving to surfing, deep sea fishing and sailing. At our Maldives resort, you can unwind any way you choose.

Children and families are most welcome on our sister resort, Anantara Dhigu, minutes away and offering a children's club, rooms suitable for children and other activities and facilities for families.


Over Water Bungalow

Anantara Veli Maldives' spacious 62 square metre Over Water Bungalows on a pristine stretch of tropical paradise come with hardwood floors and a coconut thatch roof combined with stylish contemporary décor. Indigenous fabrics stretch across your bed, while tropical flowers and jasmine scents float through your bathroom. Experience a serene, romantic beach getaway at our well-appointed Maldives bungalows, exclusively designed for young couples.

Deluxe Over Water Bungalow

The spacious 92 square metre Deluxe Over Water Bungalows at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa offer all the charms of island life coupled with comfortable accommodation. Enjoy a separate dressing area and exclusive outside double sun deck on your private Maldives overwater bungalow. Recline on your sun loungers that look out over the glorious turquoise waters of the expansive lagoon.


Anantara Veli Resort & Spa is highly sought after amongst Maldives boutique resorts and offers more than just the perfect place to relax during your tropical getaway. Discover wondrous marine life or explore every nook and corner of the rich Maldivian land. Take up windsurfing on the lagoon or learn to dive at our padi dive school or surf with our resident surf guru, stroll through the markets of bustling Malé. These are just a few examples of things to see and do at our Maldives resort hotel.

The Maldives is known as one of the finest dive destinations on the planet, and we have a multitude of dive options to suit all abilities. For full details on all of Anantara Veli's diving opportunities and packages.

nantara Veli Maldives offers surfing lessons and excursions for a range of abilities under our 'ticket to ride' system in association with Tropicsurf. Numbers are limited per surf trip so booking in advance is recommended.

Island Hopping:
Discover the range of island jewels surrounding our pristine lagoon. This Maldives excursion lets you see the many different forms paradise can take. Tour the atoll and explore the daily life of fishermen. Shop the way the locals do. Get up close and personal with marine life.

Island Picnic:
Spend an afternoon living out your desert island daydreams with our island picnic excursion. A tiny uninhabited island offshore in Anantara's lagoon is your playground for the day. Frolic in pristine waters, explore stunning reefs and enjoy a specially prepared picnic on white sands.

Malé Excursions:
There are plenty of things to do in the bustling Maldivian capital, Malé. The city offers distinctive architecture, local markets, tranquil mosques and the regal presidential palace. Immerse yourself in the local culture at the National Museum and taste some of the country's authentic local delicacies.

Sunset Cruise:
Cruise the Indian Ocean in style with our organized dhoni sunset cruise trips. Listen to the melodic rolling of the waves, This has got to be one of the finest Maldives excursions, if you wish, even with champagne in hand as you watch the setting sun dip behind the horizon. A Maldives leisure activity like no other.

Sunset Hand line Fishing:
Try your skills at hand line fishing and experience the glittering waters from a local's point of view aboard a traditional sailing dhoni. This natural technique uses no equipment beyond a single fishing line held by hand and dropped to the floor of the ocean reef. A bite is almost guaranteed.


Anantara Garden Spa:
The highlight of any stay with Anantara, our Veli Maldives resort is no exception. The serene Anantara Spa offers a range of specially composed treatments to soothe body and mind in a truly awe-inspiring setting.

Explore the turquoise tropical lagoon and reef which is situated around Anantara Veli Maldives. Unencumbered by heavy scuba equipment, snorkelling offers you a safe and easy way to get acquainted with the world below, and see some of the most celebrated marine life on the planet. One of our most popular resort activities.

Beachside Yoga:
Gain physical poise and mental peace through ancient exercises drawn from centuries of traditional South Asian wisdom. Whether a beginner or an expert, our professional instructors are able to guide you through lessons either in a group or private session within the surrounds of our Maldives resort.

You may be thousands of miles away from it all but our Maldives boutique brings the world to you, with all of life's small necessities as well as exotic goods and handicrafts from across Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

Cooking School:
While staying at Anantara Veli Maldives you will be treated to an array of inspired culinary creations. Why not learn the tricks of the trade with a cooking class from our resident master chefs? This resort activity lets you recreate traditional Maldivian, Thai and fusion dishes to impress your friends back home.

Anantara Veli Maldives' gym is equipped with everything you need to keep you looking and feeling good. Rejuvenate your body as you work out alone or with our personal trainer.

Not all Anantara Veli Maldives resort activities need to be energetic. Our library lets you sink into an armchair to enjoy a new novel or catch up on all that is going on back in the 'real world' with our computers and high-speed internet access.

Morning Meditation:
Clear your mind and achieve a sense of heightened well-being with gentle stretching and meditation to start your day. Anantara can arrange a meditation session on the beach, you'll be able to draw inspiration from the gorgeous island surrounds as they are woken by the dawn.

Slide into the tranquil waters of our stunning infinity edge pool situated right on the edge of the ocean. Gaze out across the expanse of aquamarine as you float, soak or splash your worries away. Or for confident swimmers, the waters of our large lagoon offer an ideal spot for wading, floating or a relaxed swim.

Anantara Veli Maldives' floodlit tennis court means that you can continue with a doubles match even after the sun sets. Our fitness centre staff are at hand to provide lessons for beginners or a little bit of a challenge if you're looking for a partner.

Volleyball & Badminton:
Feeling waterlogged? Landlubbers can always take part in a pick-up match of volleyball or badminton– just let us know and we'll provide the nets and equipment and turn a strip of beach into your court.

Beach weddings at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Seal your love amidst the splendour of the Maldivian sunset. Exchange vows overlooking the breathtaking Indian Ocean and feel the traditional beat of island drums as you make an everlasting promise to each other.

Weddings in the Maldives are a magical experience. Celebrate your private wedding reception under a secluded 'faree' tent on a deserted stretch of sand as you gaze at the bright stars, fresh Maldivian seafood grilling on the beach. Symbolic Maldives island weddings at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa take care of every detail to ensure your special day goes without a hitch. Whether renewing your vows or making them for the first time, let Anantara take care of everything, from bridal party spa treatments to a timeless ceremony in a choice of settings.

Stand on soft white sands and breathe the refreshing ocean breeze during a Maldives Beach wedding. Island coco palms, crimson bougainvillea thistle and tropical flowers garnish a ceremonial beachfront sala for picture perfect romance. As the sun sets over the sparkling turquoise waters and you take your first walk as husband and wife, you will create a memory that is yours to treasure forever.

Traditional Dhoni:
Take to the waters on a Maldivian dhoni for an Anantara island wedding you'll cherish forever. This vessel, with its ivory sails and traditionally handcrafted body, provides a beautiful platform on which to exchange vows while cruising peacefully across an emerald lagoon.


With an array of casual dining restaurants offering delectable international and Asian food, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa Maldives provides the perfect spot for memorable dining Maldivian style. Our stylishly designed restaurants in Maldives offer a perfect ambiance to suit your mood while tantalising your taste buds with a variety of captivating dining experiences. Japanese, Thai, and seafood are all on offer, along with a host of further options at our sister resort Anantara Dhigu.

Baan Huraa (Thai cuisine)
Dine on fragrant Thai cuisine in a beautiful over water teak restaurant perched right on the ocean. Baan Huraa at Anantara Veli serves a unique dining experience concocted by our Thai chefs. Signature dishes include coconut curries from Thailand's southern provinces as well as hot and spicy dishes from the north, bound together by an authenticity of flavour. Baan Huraa is the finest Thai restaurant in the Maldives.
Lunch and evening meals

73 Degrees (buffet breakfast and seafood dinner buffet)
73 Degrees' light and airy Maldivian style thatched roof pavilion reminiscent of a colonial home. Dine at the sumptuous breakfast buffet of fresh tropical fruits and juices, cereals, homemade breads, grilled meats, vegetables and made to order omelettes. In the evenings, our restaurant also serves up a fresh seafood buffet, where you can select fish plucked straight from the ocean.
Breakfast and evening meals

Geckos (Japanese)
Enjoy fresh sashimi or Teppanyaki. You've found your perfect spot for light casual dining on inventive dishes with intimate alcoves and outdoor seating options. Dine with sand between your toes in this casual yet chic outlet.
Lunch and evening meals

Kick back by the tranquil lagoon of Anantara Veli. The poolside bar and lunch time restaurant offers the chance to savour cocktails and chilled-out vibes. Settle into the infinity-edge pool and glance at the seascape as you unwind. Anantara Veli Maldives' Dhoni ocean view bar serves an array of island-style cocktails and light snacks, perfect for those Maldives sunsets.

Dining by Design
A banquet on the beach. A candlelit dinner of Maldivian food on your own stretch of sand or desert island. A barbeque attended by a personal chef. Restaurants at Anantara Veli Maldives extend beyond the dining room. Let us plan romantic dining for two in countless, secluded getaways either at Anantara Veli or our sister resort Anantara Dhigu.

Fushi Café (breakfast and dinner buffet)
At Anantara Dhigu

On the white sandy beach of Dhigu Island, Fushi Café at Anantara Dhigu Maldives serves a lavish full breakfast buffet each morning complete with live cooking stations. Then, as the sun sets, the restaurant transforms to offer a buffet with a variety of flavours including international cuisines and local Maldivian food. Relaxed dining by the sea at its very best.
Breakfast and evening meals

Fuddan Fusion Grill (grilled steaks and seafood)
At Anantara Dhigu

Sample the freshest seafood scooped straight from the ocean or feast on imported steaks at the lively Fuddan Fusion Grill. Prime aged imported cuts from Japan and Australia. Maldivian prawns, Wahoo and lobster. Facing the inner turquoise lagoon, the grill offers casually elegant dining by the sea with a variety of cooking styles; flame grilled, tandoori, wok sautéed, fired in a wood oven. Tell us how you like it prepared.
Lunch and evening meals

At Anantara Dhigu
Anantara Dhigu Maldives brings Italy to the tropics at Terrazzo, an intimate lagoon view restaurant serving rustic Italian favourites like wood-fire pizzas, homemade pastas and delectable seafood. Signature dishes include homemade lobster ravioli, and tableside-spun Caesar salad. Accompanying the food is a selection of wines from both northern and southern regions of Italy, paired perfectly to your meal thanks to our resident Wine Guru.
Evening meals

Aqua (cocktails and light snacks)
At Anantara Dhigu
Providing poolside refreshments and light snacks, Aqua by Anantara Dhigu Maldives is the perfect gathering point for another day in paradise. Accessible both in and out of the water, you can swim up to the bar and create your own cocktail from our range of ingredients. Early evening ushers in picturesque sunsets while you savour a drink in the lounge area.



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  • 4.5 Rooms
  • 4.5 Service
  • 4.5 Value
  • 4.5 Cleanliness
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Last 5 reviews
17 February 2013

“Great island with awesome rooms”

Stay two nights on this island and try two room types. Deluxe Water Villa is superb, private bath room which have a top-down window (if you don;t mind) that can see great ocean views...
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15 February 2013
Rory T, Houston, Texas

“Honeymoon Paradise”

Words simply do not describe this place (as cliche as that sounds, it is merely the truth). My Wife and i traveled here and stayed at the Veli resort for our Honeymoon...
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14 February 2013
serenakaur, Huddersfield, United Kingdom


Stayed here for 12 days for our honeymoon, the views were amazing. we were in a lagoon villa in the sea, which had a balcony that led straight into the sea...
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12 February 2013
milan b, Singapore, Singapore

“No words are enough!”

I think the experience of staying in a fantastic resort can only be enhanced by one thing: The staff and I think the staff at Anantara Veli is like the cherry on the icing...
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11 February 2013
avivit l, Tel Aviv, Israel

“25th anniversary”

One of the most beautiful places we've been, the feeling you got to heaven...
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